SO-IL digs density in Mexico

Jez Abbott
20 Feb 2019

Architects at SO-IL are helping to beef up density in a bustling Mexican city.

The curvaceous concrete 2,013sqm property is in the Las Americas neighborhood close to the historic center of the City of León, Mexico.

The US practice's Intra-Urban Vertical Housing project is being developed by the Municipal Housing Institute of León Guanajuato (IMUVI)

“Densification is very important because cities tend to extend beyond their limits and it is very complicated updating services, schools, security and electricity,” said SO-IL designer Florian Idenburg. “Hence the importance of keeping cities compact.”

The façade is made up of a complex system of prefabricated concrete block panels that when turned at different angles allow the passage of natural light through openings from floor to ceiling.

Some 56 homes over six levels include apartments of one, two and three bedrooms around two central courtyards with an external staircase in the main courtyard.

The step-shape of the building helps define different open spaces including communal gardens on the ground floor, parks and courtyards.

The location allows residents to take advantage of the existing infrastructure such as parks, markets, schools and integrated transport systems. The building is due to be completed by the end of 2020.

“A project like Las Americas not only serves its inhabitants but the community by including a new population within that neighborhood.

“The surrounding places can be regenerated and the parks will be reactivated in this new base to create social life inside the city.”

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